Belfast Telegraph

Steve McClaren needs fresh faces to help Magpies soar

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is hopeful there will be further new arrivals during the final two weeks of the transfer window to boost the feelgood factor on Tyneside.

Summer signings Chancel Mbemba, Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic were all involved in the opening day 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw with Southampton which sent fans who had been in open revolt at the end of last season home daring to dream that a significant step forward had been taken.

However, McClaren, managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr continue to pursue other targets with QPR striker Charlie Austin at the top of the list, and the former England boss is keeping his fingers crossed.

He said: "There's still a long way to go in terms of settling everybody down. There are a few who have been left out who are obviously not happy - and that's normal - and a few who have a bit to prove.

"Pre-season, the first game, another week's training - we are getting towards what we want to move on with, and still with two weeks to go, things will happen in the window.

"We will wait and see."

McClaren, who takes his side to Swansea today, insists no player has yet been told he is surplus to requirements.

He said: "No, no one has been told anything. I have got my squad and I am pleased with that.

"The players are working hard - they are disappointed, obviously, if they are not playing."

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